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Is My House Alive? Can Homes and Buildings Have Consciousness?

Updated on May 19, 2014
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Kitty has been following an alternative spiritual path for seventeen years. She encourages others to follow their souls' calling.

Is this abandoned home alive?
Is this abandoned home alive? | Source

Our Connections With Buildings

We are a modern society that takes for granted many things around us...disregarding our surroundings on a daily basis. We forget how much work is put into the creation of the buildings that we work in, live in, visit. Every piece of these buildings has come from somewhere...something has given of itself in order to make each building in existence. This may have been a tree, a mountain, a man. Whether we consciously recognize it or not, each and every one of us has some sort of connection with a it our home or elsewhere.

The question is, do our homes have a reciprocal connection with us? Do the buildings that have so much character and seem to have a personality actually have a personality? Let's examine the possibility of homes and buildings being alive.

Is this house trying to say something to us? Do buildings communicate?
Is this house trying to say something to us? Do buildings communicate? | Source

What's a home made of?

You might be thinking, well that's a simple question that deserves a simple answer. But hear me out. The contents that make up a house are all pieces of a bigger picture. They all come from somewhere. And behind each item that makes up a home, there is time, effort, and energy. Think about it, a home is made up of one or more of the following: wood, brick, concrete, glass, and metals of various kinds. Each of these things comes from something in nature, and if you believe that trees are alive (because they are) then what would stop their essence from carrying over into the wood that makes up the walls and beams of a home?

Besides the actual structure of a home, the people living inside of the house make it a home. Every person contributes something of their time into making a house a home. For example, the mom might hang pictures on the walls, paint the walls, and keep the carpets clean. The dad might power-wash the exterior of the house and keep it looking nice. Everyone lends energy to making the house a home...and energy never just mutates or moves into some other form.

In addition to the energy and effort it takes in making a house a home, the family living inside also contributes to the home's energy just by living in it. Every person's emotions and wavelengths are emitted on a daily basis without them even realizing it. That energy has to go somewhere...does the home itself absorb the cast-off energies of the family it houses? What about when a crisis occurs or tragedy strikes the family?

Residual Energy - Is it the house talking to us?

There are many hauntings occurring simultaneously at this very moment all across the world. Some of those hauntings are what the paranormal researchers refer to as "residual energy hauntings". Residual energy hauntings are basically hauntings that occur due to built-up energy in a building or house. This residual energy haunting is more simply put a play-back of an event or memory that occurred within the house or building.

My question is this: are residual energy hauntings the memory of the house being projected into our consciousness? Or is it that the house is trying to communicate with us. What about when murder or some other unspeakable horror occurs within an otherwise-peaceful home? Does that home become angry or mournful and project its anger or sadness into reality? I often wonder if residual energy hauntings are nothing more than the house expressing its feelings for us to see.

Have you ever walked into a building or home and felt immediately uncomfortable there? You might have gotten an intense urge to leave or run away from this place. That is residual energy. The question is whether that residual energy was originally projected from a human experience that is now stuck within the walls of a building or whether the building is projecting its experience towards we humans for recognition.

Kitty the Dreamer's video on a historic 1920s house...alive?

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My Victorian Farmhouse Story

As a young girl, my grandparents owned a Victorian-style farmhouse in Port Tobacco, MD. This farmhouse was over a hundred years old at the time, and had a personality all its own. A large red barn was in the back, and it was surrounded by forests, farms, and nature in all its beauty. The thing that made this house special was that my grandparents raised my Father, aunts, and uncles in this house. They had the opportunity to purchase it and renovate it and use it as a family get-away type of house. We had picnics and crab feasts there in the Summer and listened to the sounds of the forest at night, right from the back porch.

This house to me seemed alive. Its walls echoed with the memories of my grandparents and of days gone by. My father lived a simple childhood there, but a good childhood...and that house no doubt had a memory of those times. But as all good things come to an end, I recently learned that the house is no longer in existence. It burned down a few years ago.

Burning down a house that has such a lovely personality, that holds the memories of more than one precious family within its tattered wallpapered-walls...this is a despicable act.

Anything over 100 gains a soul...therefore, this house is indeed alive.
Anything over 100 gains a soul...therefore, this house is indeed alive. | Source

Treat your home as you would like to be treated.

So whether houses and buildings are actually alive or have consciousness is a theory of mine that is up for debate. Some people agree with me, while others strongly disagree. I believe a lot of this depends on your religion and upbringing and your experiences within particular homes throughout your life.

I had a friend once tell me that some of the Japanese believe that anything over a hundred years old automatically gains a soul. If this is true, then many buildings would indeed have a where does their soul go when they are abandoned....destroyed?

Whether you believe that your house is alive or not is up to you, but something we can all take away from this is to treat our homes like we want to be treated. Clean them. Maintain them. Appreciate them for what they are...a roof over our heads, a floor under our feet, somewhere to lay our head down at night. Somewhere to laugh, cry, and love. Lest we forget.

Written and copyright © by KittytheDreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.


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  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    4 years ago from Summerland

    Paula - I don't think you're strange. I think you're picking up on something that perhaps others don't. Moving might be a good idea! If you can't move, a thorough spiritual cleansing of the place might be in order! It might not be the energy of the people who once lived there but an energy of the land or perhaps natives who lived on the land long ago. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    4 years ago from Bournemouth

    Can anyone help? I moved into a property 7 years ago. Since moving here I became unwell with anxiety, physically trembling as soon as I arrive home. When I stay elsewhere I become normal again. I have never slept through the night here, wake every 2 - 3 hours, anywhere else I sleep through. my weight dropped to 51/2 stone and I ended upon Valium. When away I am absolutely fine. There is an energy here I pick up I just know. It is worse in the garden and lounge. I miss gardening I used to love it. As soon as I begin the gardening I begin to physically shake. The people who lived here before where two elderly very nice people here for 40 years. The passed away after they moved out. What is going on? Can anyone help? (Yes, I am moving now) Everyone else thinks I'm a little . . . strange, but it is definitely real.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    4 years ago from Summerland

    That'd be great...I can't wait to read it! Post a link here when you're finished! :)

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    4 years ago

    Kittythedreamer, I am reading some of your posts because you had the most interesting thread on a question I was asked by a friend to research, and then I found that you are a very interesting person. I have an odd belief on house spirits and such. I believe hauntings from the deceased are different than residual memories/events in a house, and that there were house spirits blessed to houses long ago- not currently, however the houses blessed with house spirits are still alive and watching the houses blessed. I would like to write something in this line, given your permission as you have started one first.

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    Kitty Fields 

    4 years ago from Summerland

    Brian - I am happy someone else can appreciate my thoughts in this hub...some people might find them somewhat "out there" but it all made sense to me! LOL. Savannah is a beautiful place with a rich history..I'm jealous! :)

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    Brian Prickril 

    4 years ago from Savannah, GA

    kittythedreamer, I just don't know what to say about this most interesting hub. I mean, yes...every screw, board, tile, and molecule of concrete has some bit of quantum consciousness to it. I guess I never really thought about it as deeply as you have laid out. As I write this, I am 15 days away from owning a house in Savannah, GA. Talk about a place with history! And all I've been thinking about is how proud I will be to maintain that wonderful structure. Your hub has added another dimension to my purchase. Thank you.

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, collegedad. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

    Now here's food for thought. I've often wondered what energies are left behind in a home, but I never thought of the energies that went into creating a home. This reminds me of the movie "Monster House". Great hub! Shared and up.

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    lumen2light - All very valid points, though I am one of those who believe being "alive" doesn't just pertain to those beings who consume/feed off of things around them in order to sustain consciousness/being. I am an animist, and therefore I believe everything has a soul and consciousness. But yes, it definitely depends on what the individual believes. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. Blessings!

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    Neil Coulson 

    5 years ago from Dundee, Scotland

    Interesting hub, as for houses being alive or having consciousness, it depends on how you perceive these words.

    Alive would infer that the house grows on its own accord feeding on the things that is available to it; in which case, no; a house is not alive.

    Consciousness would infer that it was capable of thinking and reacting, again the answer would be no.

    However, everything has ‘energy’, even your house.

    As for a Soul, that would depend on the individual’s way of thinking.

    Thank you for getting my mind thinking on this subject.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Kathi - You are too kind, friend. You know what? I don't even talk to my car like I should, so thanks for pointing that out! Yes, I am an animist and I believe everything is essentially divine and the divine is in everything. Blessings to you!

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    5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

    Hello Kitty, Your articles make people expand their consciousness at the possibilities. I remember when first learning the native american belief that everything has a soul and withholds godliness within! I thought it was so beautiful and it really spoke to me. I talk to my car all the time and show her gratitude, but i need to show the same appreciation to the home that provides my comfort and shelter. Yes, I agree, every building has a certain energy when you walk in. So many of us are cut off from our surroundings in the course of our busy days. Thanks for sharing my friend, Kathi

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Hi, Heidi. Thank you for reading and for your support. Let me know how the research goes. :)

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    Heidi Thorne 

    5 years ago from Chicago Area

    So sad about grandparents' home! I'm a fan of the Haunted Collector series and find the stories pretty interesting. The energy attached to buildings and the objects in them, I think, has some validity. Lived in a very old house as a kid where the basement was always cold and the feeling going down there was unsettling. Today, I'd probably want to do a little research to see what was up with that. Thanks for all you entertaining and interesting hubs!

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Ken - Thanks so much for reading.

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    Kenneth C Agudo 

    5 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

    The first house looks creepy. but i think it is more adventurous and enchanted :-)

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    nArchuleta - Thank you, though it wasn't my childhood home...more like my dad's childhood home but nonetheless it was special to our family. Thank you for reading...blessings to you!

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    Nadia Archuleta 

    5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

    I'm so sorry about what happened to your childhood home. I had a similarly old home growing up, though it hadn't been in my family as long as yours. I live in a hundred-year-old building now, and I occasionally feel a presence. It never occurred to me that the building itself might be the source; I assumed it was haunted.

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks for sharing, Sparkster.

    Eric - I think even if one is an animist, there is a line to be drawn. Obviously grass is there to be walked on...just like houses are built to be lived in. It's just about being appreciative and respectful.

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    Sparkster Publishing 

    5 years ago from United Kingdom

    "I could not even live with myself if I walked on grass."

    Funny you should mention that. I often feel guilty or like I'm doing something wrong when I walk on grass.

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    Eric Dierker 

    5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Animism is very interesting. But if I believed in it to the extreme I could not even live with myself if I walked on grass. My home is alive because we chose it so to be.

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    Sparkster Publishing 

    5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hmm interesting hub. Being interested in mind, conspiracy and the paranormal, I have been doing some reading on consciousness lately and came across an experiment, which I believe was partly funded by Laurence Rockefeller (as part of the Rockefeller Initiative) whereby they were attempting to use consciousness to control the outcome of a random number generator. They did the same test with flipping a coin (heads/tales). The results were intriguing. However, it has also been suggested that the results could be because of confirmation bias.


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